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Tolkien Expert to Speak at Covington Latin Thursday Evening

Tolkien Expert to Speak at Covington Latin Thursday Evening

A detail from one of J.R.R. Tolkien's illustrations of "The Hobbit," the children's book that served as a prequel to his masterpiece, "The Lord of the Rings." It shows the round "hobbit hole" houses made famous by "The Lord of the Rings" films.

A detail from one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s illustrations of “The Hobbit,” the children’s book that served as a prequel to his masterpiece, “The Lord of the Rings.” It shows the round “hobbit hole” houses made famous by “The Lord of the Rings” films.

Tolkien expert and Catholic convert Joseph Pearce will unlock the Catholic secrets in The Lord of the Rings Thursday night at Covington Latin School.

Pearce, currently Writer in Residence and director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN, will speak from 7- 8:30. The event is free and open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

Pearce, known for his conversion story as much as for his work on 20th-century Catholic writers and on Shakespeare. His books include His works include: G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence; Literary Converts; Tolkien: Man and Myth; Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc. (Click here for our review of Shakespeare on Love). He’s also the series editor for Ignatius Press’s Ignatius Critical Editions, re-issues of classic works with introductions that are not based on deconstructive, Freudian, or historical-critical literary analysis. He has been the host of two EWTN programs and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio and television.

But long before becoming a professor or writing critically acclaimed literary analysis and biographies, the native Londoner was involved in radical racist and anti-Catholic politics in the UK. His conversion, he says, stemmed from reading Catholic authors, and promoting those authors has become part of his life’s work.

Pearce has delivered “Unlocking the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings” at Princeton and Harvard, as well as at schools and parishes. The presentation will explore the different ways Tolkien’s devout faith is reflected in the book that many reader polls have named the best English language novel of the 20th century.

The talk is sponsored by The Dominican Laity, who remind those from the Ohio side of the river that there’s plenty of parking in the front and back of school, as well as on Scott Street.

For information see the event’s Facebook page.

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